Annual 5k works to spread awareness of colon cancer

Annual 5k works to spread awareness of colon cancer

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -Hundreds of people hit the streets for the 8th annual "Get Your Rear in Gear Savannah" 5K run and walk.

The event is held every year during Colon Cancer Awareness Month and holds a special place in our hearts.The race helps raise not only awareness of the disease, but funds that will be used to provide colon cancer education and purchase colonoscopies for low-income and under-served patients in Savannah.

The race is also dedicated to WTOC’s Mike Manhattan, who lost his battle to colon cancer in 2014.

“I think Mike would be completely and utterly honored to see all of these people here in his memory," said his wife, Mariella. "He was an incredibly special man and this is a testament to him that all of these people know that as well.”

Manhatton continued, saying “It’s incredibly important to raise and maintain awareness of colon cancer prevention, the more money that is raised, the more lives that can be saved.”

With everyone sharing a connection to the diesease, from those remembering loved ones, to even survivors who considered Saturday’s events a celebration.

“My motivation for running is to celebrarte my 9th year colon cancer free and to give back to this community who gave me so much, and to create awareness so that people won’t have to go through what I went through,” said cancer survivor Lane Poole.

Hoping to save more lives every year.

“It’s a community effort and I think that really kind of helps get the word out about these causes and helps to raise money and really pushes them forward," said runner Andy Tedesco.

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